As an orthodontist, I have the opportunity to help people who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile and provide them with a better, healthier bite. It is incredibly rewarding to work with people who want to make these positive changes and to know that what we achieve will last a lifetime!
I have practiced orthodontics for 15 years and value the people I have met during this time. Each patient, from children through teens, adults, and even grandparents, has enriched my life. Our conversations – about school or professional activities, dreams for the future, or their latest adventures – broaden my world and make me appreciate our diverse and thriving community.
One of the most amazing aspects of orthodontics is how each patient blossoms during treatment. From visit-to-visit, I see these transformations: as the individual’s teeth gently move into proper position, there is a change in their appearance. This aesthetic change is reflected in the person’s self-esteem and the comfort they show interacting with us and with their peers.
By the time treatment is finished, people have beautifully healthy, natural-looking smiles, and a whole new outlook on life. Creating these transformations, one person at a time, is deeply personally and professionally fulfilling: I am constantly surrounded by big, bright, beautiful smiles! ~ Dr. Natalie Lam
Dr. Lam attended Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science. She then attended Harvard University, where she was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD). Remaining at Harvard, Dr. Lam then completed a Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) in Oral Biology and her Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She has spent the last ten years in practice in San Diego.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
Orthodontics, like all areas of oral healthcare, is a constantly advancing specialty. Research leads to changes in treatment modalities, diagnostic and procedural technologies, and new materials. Dr. Lam stays abreast of the latest developments, which have the potential to affect all aspects of patient care, through continuing education.
In addition to active participation in the San Diego Orthodontics Study Group, Dr. Lam is a member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- California Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- San Diego County Dental Society
- Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics
These organizations offer numerous opportunities for Dr. Lam to further her education locally, regionally, and nationally. She regularly attends meetings, seminars, and lectures, and avidly reads the latest information published in professional periodicals and journals.
Beyond the Office
A Virginia native, Dr. Lam has resided in San Diego for ten years. She shares her life with Sebastian, a Goldendoodle, and enjoys playing tennis and golf, as well as volunteering at the Labrador Retriever rescue shelter.